About Darden

Diversity Partnerships

For over fifty years, the Darden School has been transforming today's MBA students into tomorrow's great leaders by offering an exceptional business education in a supportive, collaborative environment in state-of-the-art facilities.

By bringing together diverse individuals and constantly reinforcing the importance of community, Darden creates a learning environment that promotes understanding and cooperation. Multiple viewpoints are essential to the success and growth of everyone at Darden, and we consistently work to create an ever more global and inclusive atmosphere. The value and significance of diverse representation and participation cannot be overestimated.

Partnerships & Alliances

The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management

The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management is the country’s preeminent organization for promoting diversity and inclusion in American business. Through an annual competition, The Consortium awards merit-based, full-tuition fellowships to America’s best and brightest diverse candidates. In conjunction with our member schools, sponsoring companies, and our elite group of MBA students and alumni, The Consortium has built a forty-year legacy of fostering inclusion and changing the ethnic and cultural face of American business.

If you are a Consortium applicant and would like to learn more about applying to Darden via the Consortium, please visit our Consortium Application Process page.

Forté Foundation

Forté Foundation is a non-profit consortium of leading companies and top business schools working together to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, opportunities, and a community of successful women. They achieve this goal by:

  • Motivating young women to prepare for a business career 
  • Increasing women's access to education and business networks 
  • Educating women on the value of an MBA
  • Supporting women financially in their advanced business education through the Forté Fellows Program
  • Raising awareness of the impact women can make on business and on society/culture/environment/economy  
  • Encouraging and supporting cutting-edge research on relevant topics  

Simply put, their goal is to connect women MBAs to the right people and organizations and give them access to the tools they need to have the successful business career they deserve.

GMAT Military-Friendly Schools 

Darden welcomes applicants with military backgrounds - and is among a group of military-friendly schools that provide the following perks:

  • When allowed by state and university regulations, they will waive the application fee for military persons who have been on active duty within three years of their application.
  • They make financial aid available to qualified military personnel who have transitioned from the service in the two years prior to enrolling in their program. 
  • If admitted military students' plans are delayed by their service branch, they will provide a one-year deferment.

Graduate Horizons

Graduate Horizons is a four-day workshop for Native college students, college graduates, and master's students in preparing for graduate school (master's, Ph.D. or professional school).  Graduate Horizons partners with 45 university graduate/professional degree programs where admission officers, professors and deans mentor and advise students on the admissions process, professional/career development, and the various fields of study, research, and graduate programs available. 

JumpStart Advisory Group 

Since 2004, the JumpStart Advisory Group has provided professional development opportunities for women and minority students exploring careers in consulting, financial services and management. Through JumpStart Diversity Forums and customized on-site training sessions, JSAG offers students the kind of insight, education and exposure to industry professionals that creates a powerful competitive edge.

Management Leadership for Tomorrow

MLT A national nonprofit organization, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) has made groundbreaking progress to correct the dramatic under-representation of minorities in leadership positions. MLT works to increase the number of minorities in institutions that develop talent, such as first-tier business schools and high-profile companies. Today, MLT is the #1 source of minority students for the top 10 MBA programs. For example:

  • MLT has attracted blue-chip partners with whom it develops and delivers the MLT curriculum in close partnership. Among them are firms such as McKinsey & Company, Goldman Sachs, PepsiCo, and Citigroup.
  • MLT has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise, and the Financial Times.

In the spring of 2009, Darden hosted the annual MLT MBA Prep Program Kick-off event, part of which was featured in this segment on CNN about MLT.

National Society of Hispanic MBAs

Darden is an official university partner for the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA). NSHMBA works to prepare Hispanics for leadership positions throughout the United States so that they can provide the cultural awareness and sensitivity vital in the management of the nation’s diverse work force. NSHMBA serves 28 chapters and 6,000 members in the United States and Puerto Rico.

National Black MBA Association

Established in 1970, the National Black MBA Association is dedicated to creating partnerships that result in creating intellectual and economic wealth in the black community. In partnership with over 400 of the country’s top business organizations, the association has inroads into a wide range of industries as well as the public and private sector.

The PhD Project

The PhD Project's expansive network helps African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Native Americans attain their business PhD, become business professors and mentor the next generation. As faculty, they serve as role models attracting and mentoring minority students while improving the preparation of all students for our diverse workplace and society.

Riordan MBA Fellows 

The Riordan Scholars Program founded in 1987 by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard J. Riordan and UCLA Anderson Professor William Ouchi, the Riordan Scholars Program is a pioneering career-based outreach program that motivates high school student from diverse backgrounds and under-served communities to consider and prepare for careers in management through education, mentorship and professional development. 

Teach for America 

The Darden School partners with Teach for America to provide the following opportunities for corps members:

  • Two-year deferral for students who are admitted to the program and choose to join Teach For America (applicable to incoming corps members and exiting corps members who apply during their two years of service)*
  • Waives application fee for exiting corps members who apply during their two-year commitment
  • Provides one half-tuition scholarship for applicants, renewable over two years, provided the student remains in good academic standing

Ten School Diversity Alliance

The mission of the Ten School Diversity Alliance is to have an impact on and influence the diversity of MBA campuses, organizations, and the global community. It also strives to increase awareness of and participation in graduate management education by underrepresented populations.

Toigo Foundation

Beginning in 1989, the Robert Toigo Foundation has worked to change the face of the financial services industry. Bob and Sue Toigo, active leaders in the industry through business and political work, created the Financial Services Fellowship (FSF) to increase opportunities for minorities in the field.

Student Affinity Clubs

View the complete list of student organizations.

University of Virginia Diversity Resources

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